Spring Big Apple Conference 2014
Saturday and Sunday
April 12 - 13
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, April 12
8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am - 4:30 pm Memoir Workshop (with break for lunch from 12:00-2:00. NOTE: Lunch is NOT included.)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Reception
Finding One’s Voice/Finding One’s Passion: A Memoir Workshop
with Maureen Murdock
In When Women Were Birds Terry Tempest Williams asks, “What is the gesture of a woman’s hand covering her mouth?” How is it that women are taught to keep silent? Do cultural or family taboos prevent us from telling the truth?
Sunday, April 13
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am Authors Panel
Our member authors will briefly discuss the process of writing and publishing their book.
10:00 am - 11:15 am Great (Reader) Expectations: The Key to Publishing's New Golden Age
with Clare Toohey (bio at bottom of day's schedule)
Mystery genre workshop that will cover:
- What ARE crime, mystery, and suspense genres? How many subgenres are there, and why do they matter to authors, agents/editors, and readers? How do you find yours?
- Who’s publishing book-length works? How should author expectations vary for each?
- Who’s publishing short crime…and does it pay?
- Why is it CRITICAL to have beta readers in-genre? How do you find these essential readers?
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Pitch Perfect: Perspectives on the Current Publishing Industry
A panel discussion with publishing professionals, including agents, an editor and an author to lay out the current state of the publishing industry. They will discuss recent changes in the industry and how these changes affect writers, specifically what writers need to do to successfully pitch an agent and how, once a book is sold, they can do to help ensure a good publishing experience. The panel will also look at the merits and limitations of self-publishing. This discussion should help you in your one-on-one sessions with agents in the afternoon, as well as with any future outreach to agents. There will be time for audience questions.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Author Book Fair & Lunch Break (NOTE: Lunch is NOT included.)
Opportunity to purchase member books and chat with our authors.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Registration (for those only attending Sunday afternoon)
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Meet the Agents panel session
Our literary panel will introduce themselves, their agency, and their author interests.
3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Meet the Agents pitch session
Pitch your project to agents and publishers in a one-on-one setting. By appointment only. Link to online sign-up sheet will be emailed to registrants, along with an information packet listing the details and interests of each literary professional.
Full weekend - $275
Saturday - $175
Sunday morning: Author Panel and Book Fair, Mystery genre workshop, Pitch Perfect discussion - $100
Sunday afternoon: Meet the Agents Panel and Pitch Session - $120
Full weekend - $350
Saturday - $205
Sunday morning: Author Panel and Book Fair, Mystery genre workshop, Pitch Perfect discussion - $115
Sunday afternoon: Meet the Agents Panel and Pitch Session - $140